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© 2003

William Blake’s Comic Vision

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Introduction

Blake's comic brilliance has been variously dismissed as the nervous ramblings of a neglected genius, the tomfool doodles of a distracted youngster, or a crude tool for destabilizing textual authority. But, for the eighteenth century, comedy played a pivotal role in debates on aesthetics, education, spirituality and morality. This exciting new study blends a close reading of Blake's early work with fascinating historical research to demonstrate that the comic was an essential component of Blake's artistic Vision.

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aesthetics Close reading Comic

About the authors

Nick Rawlinson is Lecturer in English at Queen Mary and Westfield College at the University of London.

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